Google Play Store has just gone through a visual overhaul that is not only cleaner and simpler, it is also easier to navigate.
The most notable change is that there are now 2 distinct tabs at the bottom for apps and games, likely a response to the increased prominence of mobile gaming. The music tab has now been relocated and it can now be found under the “categories” at the top.
Within these Games and Apps tabs, you can go into further sections such as the “For You” section for personalized suggestions and Top Charts, etc. The remaining categories now have a separate tab at the top.
The app details page has been revamped aswell. Once you find an app you’re interested in, the new layout will show all the app related information right at the top including ratings, reviews, etc with a much wider install button.
Google says that two main tabs for apps and games on the main page will help them “better serve users the right kind of content”.
Although the new design is keeping up with Google’s Material Design aesthetic, the new interface seems to be inspired by Apple’s App Store. From a cleaner, whiter look to distinct navigation tabs at the bottom and a similar layout for the app details page.
The new update also brings Google’s new app icon design. Instead of the apps’ standard icons, they now have a uniform square-shaped icon with rounded corners for every app.
Google Play’s Boris Valusek wrote in a blog post:
To improve the overall store experience, we’re excited to roll out a complete visual redesign. Aligning with Material design language, we’re introducing several user-facing updates to deliver a cleaner, more premium store that improves app discovery and accessibility for our diverse set of users.
Although the design rework makes things simpler and cleaner, the app is still blindingly white. A dark mode is a highly requested feature, one that we will finally see in Android Q.